Executive Platforms builds world-class forums to facilitate the sharing of ideas among the senior leadership of businesses and organizations with common objectives, interests, and challenges. Through conversations with leading experts, The bluEPrint will bring you insightful conversations, analysis and ideas surrounding key topics across multiple industries while uncovering real-world solutions to universal challenges that face leadership professionals in their daily work.
Current Trends in Sourcing and Procurement — A Conversation with Skotti Fietsam of Accuride Corporation
One of the most popular features at Executive Platforms events are the lunch-and-learn roundtable discussions hosted by attendees for attendees. The only downside is that by their very nature, only ten people can participate on any given topic to allow everyone to contribute to an interactive and free-ranging conversation. In this episode of the bluEPrint podcast we speak with Skotti Fietsam, the VP Corporate Supply Chain of Accuride Corporation. She will be hosting a roundtable this September in Chicago at the 2022 edition of the North American Supply Chain Executive Summit on, "Current Trends in Sourcing and Procurement." Why did she choose that topic? What does she want to share? Who does she hope will be part of the conversation? For all this and more, give this episode a listen!
Skotti Fietsam, VP Corporate Supply Chain at Accuride Corporation
Skotti Fietsam has served as Vice President of Supply Chain for Accuride Corporation since October 2021. She is responsible for Accuride’s global activities in the areas of procurement and strategic sourcing, logistics and distribution, supplier quality and development. She is a member of the Company’s Executive Committee and reports to the Board and President/CEO.
Since joining Accuride, Fietsam has navigated a global supply chain freight shortage, unprecedented fluctuations in raw material and significant cost increase diversions.
Fietsam began her Supply Chain career at Chrysler where she worked in Finance, Purchasing, Supplier Quality and IT. During that time, she achieved $6M in cost savings on the purchase of minivan seats; led supplier quality manager for seven transmission and steel processing plants and launched a Chrysler outsourcing initiative, sending over $40M in transactional processes offshore.
After leaving Chrysler, Fietsam was hired by BorgWarner as a strategy manager for the Global Supply Management team. She was responsible for setting the sourcing strategy for 61 plants across the globe, with the task of reducing suppliers and building a more centralized purchasing organization. In this role, she was negotiating contracts for steel, aluminum, plastics, and iron commodities amounting to a $1.1 billion spend.
Fietsam’s goal at BorgWarner was to become Vice President of Supply Chain. To prepare for the role, she was encouraged to run operations. With that career advice, she accepted a Plant Manager position at a new site near Sao Paulo, Brazil. The first engine timing chain ever produced in Brazil was made there. The plant quickly became a $60 million business with Fiat, VW, and Ford as customers.
Following success in Brazil, Fietsam was asked to lead a larger plant ($110M) in Guadalajara, Mexico with the challenge to grow sales with OEs that had moved to Mexico. Profitably grew by 40% through new product introduction (transmission chains) and strong supplier collaboration. Customer base included Ford, Nissan, VW, FCA, GM, and Magna.
Prior to joining Accuride, Fietsam served as Senior Operations and then Product Manager in IT Supply Chain at Amazon. She was responsible for developing mechanisms that decreased customer delivery time by automating supply chain process for procuring and delivering IT equipment over $1.2 billion spent annually across >3200 sites globally.
In 2018, Fietsam served as President of State of Jalisco, Mexico, Automotive Supplier Group. She is the recipient of the STEP Award – Top 100 Women in Manufacturing. She is a Certified Professional Supply Management (CPSM), Member of the Institute of Supply Management (ISM), and Lean Six Sigma, Black Belt.
Fietsam earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Wayne State University in Computer Science/Mathematics and a Master of Business Administration, Finance degree from the University of Detroit.
Data Management in Life Sciences Manufacturing — A Conversation with Brooke Cote of Elemental Machines
Data Management is a major topic of discussion for every agenda Executive Platforms organizes, but there are added dimensions of complexity when that conversation is amongst senior leaders of pharma manufacturing. At the 2022 edition of the Pharma Manufacturing World Summit series held March 29-30 in Boston, MA, we spoke with Brooke Cote of Elemental Machines about the current issues and trends she is hearing in this space, how data management means different things to different disciplines within life sciences, and what executives should be thinking about to make sure they are getting the most out of their digital transformations.
The Elemental Machines platform harnesses IoT technology to unite a laboratory full of data onto a single mobile dashboard.
The vendor-agnostic solution gives lab managers real-time visibility into virtually any lab equipment, from any brand, with any function, from any era. Changes in utilization, temperature, humidity, light, vibration, and more are reported instantly, while AI identifies potential root causes behind sudden temperature changes.
Our universal dashboard and plug-and-play sensors begin transmitting data 60 seconds after unboxing and are on duty 24/7 so lab managers don’t have to be.
Cyber Security Risk Assessments on Your Supply Chain — A Conversation with Jeff Estes of Toyota Motor NA
One of the most popular features at Executive Platforms events are the lunch-and-learn roundtable discussions hosted by attendees for attendees. The only downside is by their very nature, only ten people can participate on any given topic to allow everyone to contribute to an interactive and free-ranging conversation. In this episode of the bluEPrint podcast we speak with Jeff Estes, the General Manger - Parts Supply Chain for Toyota Motor North America. He will be hosting a roundtable this September in Chicago at the 2022 edition of the North American Supply Chain Executive Summit on "Cyber Security Risk Assessments on Your Supply Chain." Why did he choose that topic? What does he want to share? Who does he hope will be part of the conversation? What should everyone be thinking about further on this important issue? For all this and more, give this episode a listen!
Jeff Estes, General Manager - Parts Supply Chain at Toyota Motor NA
Jeff has 34 years with Toyota NA with current responsibility for service parts and accessories forecasting, inventory planning, ordering and delivery, transportation, and supplier development. Previous experience in vehicle project management, production planning, and manufacturing.
Supply Chain Resiliency and CDMOs — A Conversation with Dave Powell of Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing
Supply Chain disruption has been the story of the year across almost all industries, and the pharmaceutical sector has a further twist as Operation Warp Speed drew any and all resources it deemed necessary for COVID treatments at the expense of other companies. How have pharmaceutical manufacturers adjusted their supply chain thinking to respond to this changing business landscape, and where do CMOs and CDMOs fit into that discussion? At the 2022 edition of the Pharma Manufacturing World Summit series held March 29-30 in Boston, MA, we spoke with Dave Powell of Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing about these issues and how GRAM is part of the solution.
Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing
GRAM is a leading parenteral CDMO delivering customized solutions to meet clients’ fill and finish needs from development through commercialization. With capabilities for biologics, small molecules, and vaccines, GRAM’s advanced technology and staff support pharmaceutical development and cGMP manufacturing, analytical testing, and regulatory filing.
How the Global Pandemic Changed Information Technology Forever — A Conversation with Gregory S. Smith
Gregory S. Smith is the CIO of the American Kidney Fund, a professor at Georgetown University, and the author of five books, the most recent of which is The New Normal in IT: How the Global Pandemic Changed Information Technology Forever. In this interview we talk about his new book and his thoughts on the pandemic and post-pandemic business landscape. Did COVID-19 accelerate trends that were already in the process of becoming the new normal, or was a worldwide disruption of this magnitude necessary to transform our working lives? How has technology allowed us to weather this crisis, and what have we learned from the experience that will inform our future business decisions? Is hybrid and remote work here to stay? How does that inform the ongoing conversations about attracting and retaining top talent?
We also speak about Executive Platforms' upcoming new series, the North American Technology Executive Summit, and some of the big ideas and key themes that will be included in its agenda. What should CIOs and CTOs be working on right now to position their organizations best for a future whose 'New Normal' is still being defined?
Gregory S. Smith is an internationally recognized IT executive with decades of experience managing complex IT and business systems. Mr. Smith serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the American Kidney Fund in Maryland. Previously, Mr. Smith served in a variety of CIO roles with organizations including the Pew Trusts, ASCD, and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Mr. Smith's for-profit experience includes a decade in U.S. national security, financial services 100 at SallieMae, and consulting experience as a principal consultant in the management consulting group at PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP.
Mr. Smith is the honoree of several awards including: SmartCEO magazine's Top 10 CIOs in the Washington DC area, Computer World's Premier 100 IT leaders, and CIO magazine's CIO 100. Mr. Smith was also recognized by CIO Insight magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Influential CIOs in the United States.
Mr. Smith also serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, graduate programs. Mr. Smith is the recipient of the 2017 and 2022 Tropaia Outstanding Faculty Award for Technology Management at Georgetown University. He has over 20 years of higher education experience teaching the next generation of IT and business leaders.
DEIB in the Workforce – A Pride Month Conversation with The Get REAL Movement
It's Pride Month, and Executive Platforms is delighted to have another conversation with Chris Studer and Marley Bowen, executive directors of the Get REAL Movement, on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in the Workforce.
The Get REAL Movement is a Canadian non-profit focused on combatting 2SLGBTQ+ discrimination, racism, and bullying that offer a variety of different educational Workshop modules, and provide leadership development that aims to break down prejudice, promote unity, and foster compassion in our world.